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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • LV Times columnist Reichley: The things kids say

  • Several years ago, during a meeting at Fort Leavenworth’s Frontier Army Museum, the speaker was telling the audience about 19th century U.S. Army uniforms.
    He showed several examples that had features such as buttons or buckles that had been patterned after earlier uniforms worn by soldiers of enemy countries.
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  • Several years ago, during a meeting at Fort Leavenworth’s Frontier Army Museum, the speaker was telling the audience about 19th century U.S. Army uniforms.
    He showed several examples that had features such as buttons or buckles that had been patterned after earlier uniforms worn by soldiers of enemy countries.
    During the question-and-answer session, a young boy about 10 or 11 asked, “If America didn’t like the British and fought them in our first two wars, why did we then adapt items from their uniforms to use on ours?”
    Ah, the questions kids can ask. And the answers kids can give to questions.
    The boy’s question caused me to reflect on an ancient email in which a first-grade teacher had given students the first part of a well-known phrase and asked them to provide the rest of it.
    The results to me were hilarious. However, long ago I was chastised for re-printing the email with what I thought was interesting information without checking the accuracy of the email. Sorry to say, I don’t know how to do that.
    So, a caveat to readers: The information below has not been verified to ensure it is 100-percent accurate and indeed came from first-grade students. Those brave enough to read on are invited to so do.
    • Don’t change horses — until they stop running.
    • Strike while the — bug is close.
    • It’s always darkest before — Daylight Savings Time.
    • Never underestimate the power of — termites.
    • You can lead a horse to water but — how?
    • Don’t bite the hand that — looks dirty.
    • No news is — impossible.
    • A miss is as good as a — mister.
    • You can’t teach an old dog — math.
    • If you lie down with dogs you’ll — stink in the morning.
    • Love all, trust —me.
    • The pen is mightier than the — pigs.
    • An idle mind is — the best way to relax.
    • Where there’s smoke, there’s — pollution.
    • Happy is the bride who — gets all the presents.
    • A penny saved is — not much.
    • Two’s company, three’s — the Musketeers.
    • Don’t put off until tomorrow what — you put on to go to bed.
    Page 2 of 2 - • There are none so blind as — Stevie Wonder.
    • Children should be seen and not — spanked or grounded.
    • If at first you don’t succeed — get new batteries.
    • You get out of something only what — you see in the picture on the box.
    • When the blind lead the blind — get out of the way.
    • A bird in the hand is — going to poop on you.
    • Better late than — pregnant.
    Hard to believe the last one came from a first-grade student, but that’s what the email said. Perhaps one of these days I need to learn how to check emails for veracity and other stuff.
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